3rd August 2021

Second consultation launches on Renaissance proposals

#Mixed-use Developments


In a joint venture with a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital, Property Alliance Group has launched its second public consultation on the redevelopment of Manchester’s Renaissance site on Deansgate.

Taking place online, the consultation outlines plans for a new residential building and extensive public realm. People are invited to have their say on the plans either via email or telephone.

The proposals form part of a masterplan, which would see £200m invested into the Renaissance site to create a mixed-used scheme. Planning applications to redevelop the existing hotel and create new office space were submitted on 11 May 2021 and 25 June 2021 respectively following a public consultation in April 2021.

Featuring 300 new homes as well as communal and private roof terraces, the residential building has been designed to complement the surrounding architecture. Angled to the sky, it features sandstone precast panels which are textured and patterned to reflect the stonework of the nearby Manchester cathedral.

New public realm will be created along the Irwell waterfront offering space for pop-up food and drink vendors, and seating with elevated views over the river. Towards Victoria Bridge, a private garden is proposed for residents of the new building.

Along Deansgate, further improvements are planned to make the area more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. Public seating areas would feature as well as a new pedestrian route, two-way cycle lane, trees and planting.

Alex Russell, managing director of Alliance, said: “We have worked closely with Manchester City Council, Manchester Cathedral, and Historic England to develop the design of the residential building ensuring it is appropriate for the setting.

“The residential element will be complemented by extensive public realm which will significantly enhance Deansgate, creating a much larger and greener space for people to enjoy. A new lift will provide access down to the Irwell riverside which will feature a new food and beverage offering designed to activate the space.

“We look forward to sharing our plans and receiving feedback ahead of submitting our next planning application in September.”

The latest plans can be viewed by visiting http://planningconsultations.avisonyoung.co.uk/ and anyone wishing to provide feedback should do so by 13 August 2021.

The proposals for the Renaissance site are being designed by Jon Matthews Architects. Avison Young is the planning consultant and Planit IE is the landscape architect.

Further information on the proposals for the site can be found at: www.renaissancedeansgate.co.uk